Zenescope the Waking Number 4
Written by: Raven Gregory
Pencils by: Vic Drujiniu
Colors by: Mark Roberts
Letters by: Crank!
Number four is the last in the miniseries of the Waking, meaning they shove all the good bits in to this part of the story line. The zombies are loose, and the city is in absolute pandemonium as “the woken”, those that have been raised from the dead, tear apart the city apart. This is an orgy of violence, sudden death, and pain for those who have killed them. The police have the man responsible for the wakings in custody and he has agreed to send them all back. Nevertheless, there is a catch; there is always a condition when dealing with mad crazed fathers who have figured out a way to keep their daughter alive. This one condition could set the world ablaze as the police have to make some very quick decisions about what they are going to do next. We also learn the tragic origin of Jonathan and Madison Raine. These two have been floating throughout the series without much explanation but with a deeply interesting role to play in the entire series.
This issue features three extraordinary covers by superstar artists Joe Benitez (Soulfire), Adriana Melo (Witchblade, Marvel Universe Presents), and a chase (1:10) cover by Tyler Kirham (Fusion, Ultimate Fantastic Four). It is awesome to see these powerhouses working with Zenescope to create one of the better zombie comic books on the market. The image in this article is of the special sold out zombie cover.
This is a well written and well drawn comic book series that deserves the horror zombie moniker. This is an awesome comic book to own, the whole series simply rocks in ways that are hard to explain in words when dealing with a graphic format. It is not that it is too gory, or too scary, but when making decisions about life, death, reanimation and serial killers pitted against what we would do in similar situations. That is what makes this series so interesting, what would we do given a similar set of circumstances. This is why horror plays out so well, we find ourselves dealing with moral ambiguity of situations that could become all too real all too soon.